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Byzantium Audiobook

Byzantium

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Publisher's Summary

Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present the beautiful and costly hand-illuminated Book of Kells to the emperor of all Christendom.

During this expedition by sea and over land, Aidan becomes, by turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a spy, a Viking and a Saracen, and finally, a man. He sees more of the world than most men of his time, becoming an ambassador to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden Court. And finally, this valiant Irish monk faces the greatest trial confronting any man in any age: the command of his own destiny.

©1996 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)2001 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Not merely a gripping yarn - and it certainly is that - this is also a novel about faith and the tests life plants in its way. Lawhead, author of the popular Pendragon cycle of fantasies, here makes a sure move into mainstream fiction." (Booklist)

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    manish fargo, ND, United States 11-19-11
    manish fargo, ND, United States 11-19-11
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    "starts out slow but is fast paced after"

    Though the first couple hours I almost regretted wasting my credit on it, it became quite interesting afterwards. All in all, a wonderful story, liked the plot and characters.

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    Blaine Camas, WA, United States 11-01-11
    Blaine Camas, WA, United States 11-01-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Crazy good..."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. I was completely unfamiliar with the historical events around which this story takes place, but I found the main character Aidan, to be very believable and sturdy. I do think it was a TAD too long...there are places where the story drags a bit, but overall, I enjoyed it very much. For some reason, the narration sounded weird in my car...any "s" sounds or soft "c" sounds came out very grating on my system. I am sure it was just my car, as I did not notice this when I listened to the story on my iPhone. At any rate, I thought the narration was excellent, and the story very well done. I would recommend this to anyone that likes adventure stories, and historical fiction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Oceanside, CA. United States 08-03-11
    Sherry Oceanside, CA. United States 08-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "amazing historical details, loved it"

    I loved this book- it is long, but if you like history you will love it. I have so much more respect for the travelers during the Dark Ages, innocents and not.

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    Katherine Katy, Texas, United States 07-19-11
    Katherine Katy, Texas, United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Waaay to slow to pick up"

    It took a lot of determination and some excess time to make it through this one. I have read tons of books and there have only been a handful that I struggled to complete. This is one. About half way through it picks up and is entertaining enough to make me not regret the credit use, but getting to that point was way too difficult.

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    "Character Maturation"

    Lawhead's skill with subtly developing a dynamic main character throughout a story always amazes me. Byzantium is no exception--Lawhead's exceptional ability to lead the reader through Aidan's philosophical and spiritual journey demonstrates not only his skill as an author, but his intimate understanding of personal development, faith struggles, and the weight of life's unanswered questions.

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    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 06-09-11
    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 06-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A great story"

    I really enjoyed this book, my introduction to Lawhead. I understand what folks are saying about the narration -- I found it a little dull at first, but after a while I had no problem with it. The story is gripping and sweeps across empires. I liked Aidan very much, even with his occasional whining. A long, satisfying book.

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    RANDALL JAFFE Arcadia Califonia 06-02-11
    RANDALL JAFFE Arcadia Califonia 06-02-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Good History- Great Story -Awesome Reader-"

    I have been listering to "Books on Tape" for over 20 years. This has been one of my favorite listens. I just wanted just to learn more about Byzantium but I was drawn into a fabulous story with memorable characters.I can actually hear the Viking King bellowing his commands to his crew. Stuart Langton brings the story to life. I will just look for other books he has narrated.
    I will also explore other books written by Stephen Lawhead. Enjoy.

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    John Winnipeg, MB, Canada 05-31-11
    John Winnipeg, MB, Canada 05-31-11
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    "Slow Start - Fine Finish"

    I enjoyed this audiobook immensely. Once I caught the pace and tone of the narrator I lamented having to stop listening and anticipated the next chance I would get to return to it. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy believable historical fiction.

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    kelly Springfield, OR, United States 04-22-11
    kelly Springfield, OR, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "BETTER READ THAN LISTENED TOO!!!!!"

    Excellent story ruined by gut wrenching, monotone narration. I got used to it about 2/3 of the way through but could not help but think the book would have been much better had i read it rather than listen to it. Great story. Horrible narration.

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    Angelyn S. Furst 03-28-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    This is a somewhat interesting book, however, it lacked the spark that makes the characters interesting. The lead character is rather sanctimonious and I found myself really disliking him.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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